Karvitk just posted a report on this one quite recent. I seem to find myself stuck being a month behind in getting around to writing a quick report of peaks I have done. This trip idea was all Katie's and me and Marina were just along for the ride. After posting in the usual Facebook group pages it soon become an instant hit for group after group after group to go up and check it out. Easy access and worthy views will get that kind of attention.
Early February and the road up to the resort was all gravel so no need to worry about ice or snow or chains. We parked at the upper lot and started hiking on one of their snowshoe trails and then to gain elevation jumped on a different track. I'm not going to get too into detail in these because I don't find a need to spoon feed everyone how to get up a mountain. Showing the area and showing the terrain should be enough.
We kept walking on the snowshoe track until it ended at the ropes and the edge of their furthest ski run cat track. We walked on the edge of this briefly until it ended and then just started making our way up the soft powder. Eventually we gained the ridge and found an old snowmobile track that made travel fairly quick and easy.
An enjoyable ridge walk brought us to the summit with great views of the Chehalis range and Urquhart and the Old Settler.
A quick snack break and off we go to the next peak backtracking the way we came, hitting the junction and making our own route up Klaudt.
The ridge has some ups and downs and a bluff near the summit that we had to work around.
On the top of Klaudt the views were good but not as good as Cartmell and lots of snowmobile tracks in the area.
We started down the nice easy on the knees powder, decided to take a few shortcuts to shave off some swithbacks of the snowshoe trails and finished the day with some Sasquatch Beers and beef jerky.
Interest: Hiking, Snowshoeing, and Photography. Enjoying the outdoors fresh air and fitness experience.
Beautiful shots, and you got it right of the best of the fresh snow cover 100% over all the trees and everything. Your report on FB was a great inspiration, and Ingrid and I enjoyed following your example very much, the views were fanastic.
Hiking is what keeps you young of mind and heart. When the going gets tough, the tough get going..............